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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2008 6:33 pm    Post subject: Random Harvest Reply with quote

Random originates from the French word meaning to run...as in to run wild.

Our modern mindset is based on randomness.

We believe that the coin toss is always fair -- except for the physical circumstances (heads weighs more) that we can account for.

But what if that's not the case. Every gambler feels a "lucky streak", every businessman a downspell.

Look at this:

Strings are shown to knot themselves.
http://www.nytimes.com/2007/12/09/magazine/09knotphysics.html?ref=magazine

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So he [Doug Smith] devised a clever experiment. Working with his research assistant Dorian Raymer, he took some string — about the thickness of a computer-mouse cord — and dropped it into a small square plastic box. They spun the box around for 10 seconds, then opened it up. Sure enough, they found “this really monster, complex knot,” Smith says. Then they repeated the experiment a dizzying 3,415 more times, using strings of different lengths and boxes of larger sizes, to see whether there were any rules that governed how badly the string knotted.


If complexity is both situational, and pervasive...then it's not all switches flipping on and off...is it?
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 07, 2010 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Group Theory In the Bedroom (2008), p 37

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The subject of randomness seems to bring out a philosophical streak in many of us. Roger S. Pinkham of the Stevens Institute of Technology challenged me to reexamine my own philosophical assumptions: "What makes you think emissions of alpha particles, electronic noise, and other 'real world' phenomena are random?" It's a good question. After all, in many cases randomness is just a convenient fiction.


http://grouptheoryinthebedroom.com/
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